The e-cigarette you smoke: a health scam targeting young people

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Thank you for smoking e-cigarettes.

Seriously, thanks. The dangers of e-cigarettes have been established, but the association with specific diseases still needs more cases. In a sense, people who smoke e-cigarettes now are serving as guinea pigs for medical research.

This is a public health crisis that is happening right now and deserves the attention of every one of us.

E-cigarette, an angel or a devi

A strange phenomenon. Although e-cigarettes were first introduced for the purpose of quitting smoking, we rarely see examples of successful quitting, but instead, we see more and more young people starting to smoke.E-cigarettes are hanging on young people’s chests like necklaces and rings, and seem to be turning into a trendy symbol

A young man hangs an e-cigarette on his chest like a necklace

The data is indeed true. A study published on the CDC’s website shows that not many people who were originally smokers have switched to vape, but rather young people who were not smokers have become addicted to vaping.

The number of teens who smoke e-cigarettes has been growing since 2013

What’s this all about?

A scam to help quit smoking

We investigated the marketing techniques of e-cigarettes. They only use “help to quit smoking” as a mask, but the promotion and advertising are all about seducing young people as if to say “how cool it is to vape”.

Juul is the hottest e-cigarette brand in the U.S. In 2018, the Juul brand gave out $2 billion in year-end bonuses to 1,500 employees, equivalent to $1.33 million in bonuses per capita, making a group of millionaires overnight.

Behind such huge profits is their e-cigarette conspiracy targeting young people.

The company spent more than $10 million on various social media ads, syndicated bloggers, sent free trials, and did a launch party at the most luxurious venue in Manhattan ……

According to a study published in the prestigious medical journal BMJ, more than half of the marketing content tied e-cigarettes to “status symbols” and “youth lifestyles”.

Even give the cartoon character Buzzin and e-cigarettes combined to make an emoji pack to circulate ……

“When you are too tired to work …… (you can have a mouthful of e-cigarettes).”

Long-term smoking electronic cigarettes, more harmful than imagined

As soon as the e-cigarette starts working, harmful gases of complex composition begin to be inhaled into your lungs.

The first is nicotine, which is the reason why vapes are addictive.

The consequences of nicotine intake are serious – prone to various cardiovascular diseases. Coronary heart disease, angina pectoris, and myocardial infarction, directly to your heart to install a bomb. Nicotine has additional damage to brain development in young people under the age of 25.

It is worth noting that these nicotine injuries are indeed related to the level of intake, but those low levels of e-cigarettes are also enough to bring some risk.

The new risks that come with electronic atomizers are still hard to escape.

These compounds that bring different flavors can produce a number of other dangerous compounds at high temperatures. For example, diacetyl produced by various sweet and cinnamon flavors and benzaldehyde produced by cherry flavors are obvious respiratory irritants that may be associated with serious lung diseases such as acute lung injury. It has also been found that these irritants may increase the likelihood of contracting the new coronavirus.

Inhalation of heavy metals

Heavy metals such as nickel-tin-lead, ultra-fine particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs, and carcinogens such as propylene oxide produced by the high temperature of the humectant propylene glycol are relatively well-defined components of smoke, and the damage to health has become very clear.

Even more dangerous and elusive are those volatile organic compounds with complex compositions.

New research in recent years is gradually identifying the high risks involved. Examples include the discovery of lipoid pneumonia associated with glycerol burning and the more problematic EVALI.

As of February 2022, a total of 3,607 cases of highly suspected e-cigarette-related lung injury, named e-cigarette or e-cigarette product use-related lung injury (EVALI), have been reported in the United States, resulting in 98 deaths. The cause is not fully understood and is presumed to be related to the addition of vitamin E acetate to e-cigarettes. Most of the vitamin E acetate comes from the illegal addition of marijuana to e-cigarettes, but some are also related to normal additives.

In October 2019, a link between e-cigarette smoke and lung and bladder cancers was also found in animal trials. The risks of e-cigarettes are accumulating by degrees.

The greatest enemy of medicine is often not disease, but man himself.

History is always strikingly similar, and there are certainly people who glorify the benefits of e-cigarettes in the face of huge profits. Discovering that tobacco is addictive, they sell tobacco, bringing more lung cancer. Finding betel nut addictive, they packaged it as a snack, bringing more oral cancer ……

There are only two roles in a story like this: some people become rich and some people fall into a sick bed.

Which one are you going to be?

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